Liberals have been on a mission to get Donald Trump impeached ever since he won the presidential election. Now, it appears they have come closer to this goal.
Fox News contributor Juan Williams just wrote an oped for The Hill about the movement to impeach Trump. What he had to say is disturbing:
Last week, a new poll from the liberal outfit Public Policy Polling (PPP) asked Americans if President Trump should resign if evidence emerges that his campaign worked with Russia to help defeat Hillary Clinton. A majority, 53 percent, said he should resign.
That is important because PPP also found that 44 percent of Americans already believe that Trump’s campaign did just that.
It is no fantasy to say the drip-drip-drip of the Trump-Russia investigations is draining this presidency of political capital. The president’s historically high disapproval rating — 51 percent in the latest McClatchy poll — tells the same story.
That’s why astute Republicans are starting to look out for themselves.
The first Republican to begin to run for cover was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who decided to recuse himself from any role in the investigation. Last week Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, sought immunity in exchange for his testimony to congressional investigators.
A majority of Americans want a special prosecutor — including 39 percent of Republicans, according to one poll. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has called for Congress to form a bipartisan select committee to probe ties between Russia and the Trump camp.
The struggle for Republicans in Congress is two-fold.
First, they have to avoid being blamed for undermining the legitimacy of the Trump presidency. But, secondly, they are worried about the damage Trump will do to their party’s fortunes in the 2018 midterms.
The Democrats have a different political challenge.
They have to figure out how to respond to White House efforts to distract the public by denigrating the intelligence agencies and derailing the Congressional investigations.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Intelligence panel, has become a model on that score by avoiding political statements.
He limits himself to saying there is “more than circumstantial evidence” that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.
As a result, Schiff looks virtuous compared to the committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). The Republican has failed by playing along with Trump officials who are busy suggesting that the whole controversy has been ginned up by anti-Trump intelligence agents and left-over Obama administration officials.
Meanwhile in the Senate, Democrats are united behind Sen. Mark Warnerof Virginia, the Intelligence Committee’s vice-chairman, who holds the upper hand over the Republican chairman, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina.
The minute Warner says Burr is acting to protect Trump, the committee’s entire credibility will crumble.
Burr has announced plans to interview Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, as part of the investigation. Trump associates Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Carter Page have also volunteered to testify.
In the Senate, the Democrats are also unified behind the political strategy of Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). He is threatening to filibuster Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
“It is unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court justice with a lifetime appointment while this big gray cloud of an FBI investigation hangs over the presidency,” Schumer said recently.
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